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Cablegate: Philippine Terrorist Activity Reports Prompt Eac

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 070848Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4191
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS MANILA 004918

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SIPDIS

DEPT FOR DS/IP/EAP, DS/IP/ITA, S/CT, EAP/EX, EAP/MTS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PTER CASC RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE TERRORIST ACTIVITY REPORTS PROMPT EAC
MEETING

REF: A. 3/EE/4514-06
B. 3/EE/4493-06
C. 3/EE/4470-06
D. 2/EE/3313-06
E. MANILA 04481
F. MANILA 04290

1. The Ambassador chaired an Emergency Action Committee (EAC)
meeting on December 7, 2006, to discuss reports received by
various agencies within the Embassy of possible terrorist
activity in the province of Cebu, an island in central
Philippines. Cebu is the site of the on-going ASEAN Summit
and other related meetings. There are about 1,000 AmCits, to
include one American consular agent, living in Cebu, and two
Embassy officers are planning to attend the ASEAN Summit
meetings.

2. This recent threat information seems to be related to the
same group from reftels E and F.

3. Late yesterday afternoon, the Australian Embassy reported
receiving the same type of information that U.S. Embassy
agencies have received. Great Britan has updated its
Philippine travel advisory in response to the information
warning British citizens to cancel all travel to Cebu. The
Australian Embassy has now updated its travel warning as well.

4. The consensus of the EAC is that these individuals are
capable of implementing their plans--they have bombed
before--but may not be ready yet. Reporting also seems to
indicate that the ASEAN meetings will be hard to hit, but
there are other softer targets there that could make the same
statement. RSO and CONS, with EAC concurrence, recommended
that the Embassy should send out a warden message. ACS will
send that out today. The information contained in all
reftels has been passed to local Philippine Intel agencies
and police.
KENNEY

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